Bad news for Egan Bernal! The Colombian cyclist withdrew from the 2023 Vuelta a San Juan at the start of the sixth and penultimate stage, which began and ended at the Vicente Chancay Velodrome with a 144.9-kilometer route. The Team Ineos Grenadiers rider complained of pain from a blow in the first stage.
The champion of the Tour de France in 2019 and the Giro d’Italia in 2021 started at the Vicente Chancay velodrome, but After the first few corners, he got off the bike and decided not to continue in the competition. According to the medical report published by the British team, his withdrawal was related to discomfort in his left knee.
“Egan Bernal has reluctantly withdrawn from the Vuelta a San Juan due to the pain in the left knee suffered in the fall in which he was involved in the first stageto the race”, reported Team Ineos Grenadiers in its official media.
Egan Bernal was in fourth place in the general classification, 50 seconds behind the leader, his compatriot Miguel Ángel ‘Superman’ López from Team Medellín – EPM. On the fifth day, the queen stage, he also held the same position. In the other four stages, the cyclist arrived with the peloton.
The inconvenience of the Colombian cyclist would not be serious, so he could compete in his next races of the year without problems. His next confirmed competition is Paris – Nice, which he already won in 2019 and which is scheduled for the month of March.